Port Clements set to celebrate Canada Days this weekend

  • Jun. 28, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Excitement is building among the volunteers busy getting ready for Port Clements’s annual Canada Days event this weekend. “It’s going to be awesome, just like every year,” said Bev Lore, chair of the village’s Canada Days committee. “There’s going to be lots of stuff for kids, the mud bog and more.” The fun starts Friday night (June 28) with the kids’ fishing derby and starts off again first thing Saturday morning with the firefighters’ breakfast at 8 am and the parade, starting at 10:30 am. There will be baseball and soccer games throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, as well as kids’ games, including a bouncy house, peddle cars, bean bag toss and sumo suit wrestling. Most events take place at the community park, which has been changed slightly to accommodate the festivities. “We’re really excited to see some changes on the grounds with the layout of the music and the beer gardens,” said Port Clements councillor Kazamir Falconbridge. “They’re being relocated to a more central location, and we’re always excited to have the senior soccer group playing their competition. The firefighters have settled into their new concession stand so we’ve got some excellent facilities there for the vendors and the food.” Saturday’s events include a literary reading with authors Esi Edugyan and Steven Price at 11:45 am at the stage, and a flea market at the community hall, while Sunday will have the wildly-popular mud bog vehicle races to draw crowds and also the paddle race. Mr. Falconbridge and his partner Harmonie Blais were the only competitors in the paddle race last year and will be competing again this year, even though Ms Blais is just two weeks away from the birth of her next child. “We’re expecting more competition this year,” said Mr. Falconbridge, who said he’s heard there will be a kayak and rowboat entered against his family’s canoe this year, but remains confident in their victory. “We’re expecting the mayor and his daughter in a kayak, that’s not going to be any competition.”